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Bunnahabhain 2003

Overall rating
88.22/100
votes
50
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Pedro Ximénez Finish - Limited Release
Vintage
2003
Bottled
2017
Casktype
Pedro Ximénez Finish
Number of bottles
6768
Strength
54.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
19 Nov 2017 3:52 pm by Amsterdam
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 263,40

20 × in wishlist

50 × member ratings

72 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain 2003

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.22 points

  1. MattDoobie scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    Nose
    Honeyed baked fruits, chocolate and raisins. It’s intoxicatingly delicious at first sniff. Molasse, dusty hazelnuts and tropical fruits. The chocolate is now creamy milk chocolate... it smells unctuous, creamy and sweet and the alcohol is virtually absent. 24/25

    Palate
    So much chocolate, it’s all I can taste at first. It’s truly mouth-coating stuff and the 54.3% abv is felt a little more here than on the nose. The development is great, honey, stewed stone fruits, a little spice, maybe white pepper is there too and finally, salted caramel to round things up. 23/25

    Finish
    A medium-long finish that’s very creamy and honeyed. It leaves a Werther’s Original taste on my tongue. 22/25

    Value and presentation
    Like all official bottling coming out of Bunnahabhain, the presentation is perfect. It’s un-chillfiltered and free of added colour and the information is written on the bottle and tube. Distillation and bottling dates are also there which is nice. The value is a little harder to quantify, the 168$ CAD price tag is justified but at under 7000 bottles made with very few of them making their way to Canada and most of those somehow falling into the lap of flippers before they even hit the shelves meant that this 168$ bottle became a 400$ bottle the very week it came out. It’s not Bunnahabhain’s fault but it still factors into the equation. 23/25

    Total score
    92/100

  2. dRambo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    My first association - "Nomad Outland Whisky" in CS - the same intense fruity sweetness of raisin and chocolate in the end just with much more power. A tasty treat that would be worth 60-70 € - many thanks to JungleDram for the sample.
    With the current prices I prefer to buy the Nomad and take bigger sips - so really Bunna DNA is not much left.

    The price I would have rated earlier with 50 points - when that still went. Does not work anymore - so the price is not included in my score.

  3. mister glenfarclas scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Wonderful Bunnahabhain. Highly recommended! Not overly complex, but a beautiful sherry monster as you can only wish for.
    • Nose
      Overwhelming!  Sherry matured in a whisky cask. Or was it the other way around? Heavy PX influence. A superb sweetness above all. Behind that freshly baked, warm fruit cake. Overripe, almost fermented plums. Chocolate raisins. A hint of smokiness rounding it up.
    • Taste
      Powerfull start. Initially sweet. Again the powerful sherry influence that tickles your tongue. Quite some sulfur actually. Sweet-sour sauce. Lots of spices. Underlined by just the right amount of alcohol. Adorable!
    • Finish
      Medium long with the aftertaste of roasted, slightly bitter hazelnuts and milk chocolate. 

  4. Achany scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    wonderful Sherry, nuts, dark dried fruits, dark berries, some Marzipan, dates, tastes nearly like rum. ABV is well balanced, does not need water, the sherry influence is nearly overwhelming. some spices, some malty tones as well mingle really well within this malt! winner dram!
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  5. KayMeertens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      So sherried that it's almost more like a PX sherry than like a whisky. I guess that they've left some sherry in the cask. Caramel, cranberry, raisin, peat and blueberry.
    • Taste
      Salted toffee, blueberry and peat.
    • Finish
      Salted toffee and blueberry.

  6. EJS scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Beautiful Bunna, but too sweet for my taste.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. highlander69 scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    I was longing for this new Bunna PX since I had a chance to taste one part of this marriage of casks some month ago. And I like it although on a first impression it seemed a bit rougher than I remembered. A few drops of water or leaving it for several minutes in the glas though, takes away that tiny obstacle and makes it a really nice, powerful and yet smooth and balanced PX with that special Bunna touch.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  9. Ruud6421 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I quite like this whisky. It has full on PX flavours, but it integrates nicely with the Bunnahabhain profile. Well balanced

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